We continued throughout the night and morning to push through moderately heavy ice. As we approached 70° South it thinned out and we were able to pick up speed, making up some of the time we had lost. In the pack ice on the edge of this more open water, a Ross’s Seal was sighted. We approached carefully and quietly and everybody got great views and many good photos (see below). The Ross’s Seal is considered the rarest seal in Antarctica and is seldom seen as it lives in heavy pack ice.
We are now well south of 70° in open water and anticipation is builiding as we head for the coast of Antarctica. Tonight is movie night, and no we will not be watching 'Happy Feet'!